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The rise and fall of Scott Rothstein

If there was one thing Fort Lauderdale lawyer Scott Rothstein craved, it was attention. And how better to get it than to whip out his checkbook?

Like at Gov. Charlie Crist's 52nd birthday party/GOP fundraiser last year, when, instead of buying a $1,000 candle, Rothstein bought an entire chocolate cake covered with 52 candles. His donation: $52,000.

As the governor gave a speech, Rothstein was talking loudly.

``Scott, if you want the mic, it's going to cost you another $100,000!'' the governor joked when Rothstein wouldn't stop talking.

Like at an Eagles concert in January, when band leader Don Henley stood on stage and dedicated, at Rothstein's request, Life in the Fast Lane to the lawyer and wife Kimberly for their first anniversary. His donation: $100,000, to a Henley environmental cause.

Like the TV ads showing Rothstein with star athletes Dan Marino and Alonzo Mourning, whose children's charities benefited from his philanthropic largess, and the glossy magazine ad with his firm photo proclaiming: ``Giving back is an essential part of life.'' Full story here.